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  • Tristan Thompson comes off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench for 20 minutes against the Knicks during a 95-90 loss on Thursday, scoring six points with two rebounds.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-7 from the field and made it abundantly clear he's not going to have much value while Anderson Varejao is healthy. Fantasy owners can cut Thompson in most leagues due to a lack of per-minute production from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    23 minutes ago
  • Anderson Varejao scores 10 with four boards
    Anderson Varejao started at center against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It's going to be a split at the center spot, but Varejao has been a solid player to own even with minutes in the mid 20s. He is worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy and should have better lines than this one. Rotoworld.com
    25 minutes ago
  • Dion Waiters scores 10 in 38 minutes
    Dion Waiters played 38 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He attempted five shots from deep and he's really going to have to light it up from beyond the arc to have fantasy value. Waiters hasn't done much else besides score, so he's not a great player to own in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    27 minutes ago
  • Kevin Love looks great with 19 and 14 line
    Kevin Love scored 19 points against the Knicks on Thursday with 14 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He had a few beautiful assists and some wide-open looks from deep. Love didn't post up too much and was used more like Chris Bosh next to LeBron James, so there will be an adjustment period. That said, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with this start. Rotoworld.com
    31 minutes ago
  • Kyrie Irving looks great in debut on Thursday
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked great in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the fourth. Irving is coming into the season with some momentum and started hot, but he'll have some bad games mixed in there. He's still going to be a No. 1 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
  • Russell Westbrook (hand) will not return
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will not return to Thursday's game against the Clippers and is sitting on the bench with ice on his hand.

    Advice: Uh oh. He will be re-evaluated on Friday, but this does not sound good. One would think he received an X-ray on his hand and teams usually reveal those results within 30 minutes or so. Sebastian Telfair is going to handle the point guard spot until Reggie Jackson (ankle) gets back out there. We'll obviously be tracking this situation closely. Also, general manager Sam Presti is likely on the phone looking to add a point guard. Rotoworld.com
    48 minutes ago
  • LeBron James has rough start in loss vs. NY
    LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
  • Nikola Pekovic double-doubles
    Nikola Pekovic improved on Thursday against the Pistons with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young called him a grizzly bear after the game for the way he battled with Andre Drummond. Pekovic was pretty crafty around the rim and he showed Drummond a thing or two about operating from within five feet. He will be worth starting in fantasy leagues while he's healthy. Also, his minutes will likely be closer to 27 once Ronny Turiaf (hip) comes back. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:54 pm
  • Westbrook (hand) questionable to return
    Russell Westbrook went to the locker room with a hand injury and is questionable to return.

    Advice: No. Way. He subbed himself out and didn't look to be in any serious pain, but he didn't hesitate in coming out of the game. Additionally, some fan said something to him on the way to the locker room that made him angry. We'll update his status as soon as the information becomes available and he's likely getting X-rays right now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:32 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope plays 41 minutes
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played a team-high 41 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday during a 97-91 loss, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-19 from the field on Wednesday and is off to a slow start. The good news is that he was more aggressive today and wasn't taking too many bad shots, so hopefully they start falling. Caldwell-Pope just needs his shots to fall and the opportunity for him is clearly there. His owners should try to be patient. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:15 pm
  • D.J. Augustin scores 20 points in 33 minutes
    D.J. Augustin played 33 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings played the first 11 minutes of the game and just five minutes to start the third quarter, but the rest was all D.J. at the point. It would appear the plan for Augustin is to play 25-28 minutes per game as it stands right now, so he should have low-end value in standard leagues with that allotment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 pm
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:44 pm
  • Josh Smith on Kenneth Faried: He's a clown
    Josh Smith said on Thursday that Kenneth Faried is "a clown."

    Advice: "Quote me on that," Smith added. Faried said Smith "shot them out of the game" on Wednesday, which triggered this response. There should be more to the story here, but Faried wasn't a clown on the stat sheet with a 22-point, 17-board game in a win. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:23 pm
  • Report: Varejao, Cavs closing in on extension
    The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "nearing agreement" on a three-year, $30 million extension, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The two sides were reportedly close earlier in the week, and it sounds like there is a good chance a deal is done before very long at all. It will be very interesting to see how Varejao's new deal impacts the chances of the Cavs also giving Tristan Thompson an extension. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:55 pm
  • Tyler Zeller gets option picked up by Celtics
    Celtics exercised the contract option of C Tyler Zeller.

    Advice: Zeller had his option exercised along with Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. This is expected and standard procedure for all players involved as Boston continues its rebuild. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:51 pm
  • Norris Cole calls Heat PG 'total team effort'
    Norris Cole called the Heat's point guard situation a "total team effort."

    Advice: We like to say we come in waves. Rio, he's a vet. He knows what it takes. Shabazz has picked up information very fast. He's a sponge. We go to war every day in practice to make each other better," Cole said. Cole also has no interest in continuing with the LeBron James questions. "We're over that. We don't think about that. We don't do things just because LeBron is gone." Chris Bosh praised Cole following his 23-point performance in the Heat's first win of the season, and Cole should be owned in all standard fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:23 pm
  • Sully, Olynyk becoming good team defenders
    Brad Stevens praised Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk for "becoming good team defenders."

    Advice: Stevens praised the intelligence of both players while noting that they're smart enough to overcome disadvantages. This is pretty typical coach-speak, but it's nice to see some positive development from Boston's starting frontline to begin the year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Dion Waiters happy to be learning from LeBron
    Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

    Advice: "It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:04 pm
  • LeBron James calls Cleveland opener huge
    LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

    Advice: For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:17 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) will now miss 2-3 weeks
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed the injury. Deemed ready to go just before the opening tip on Wednesday, Calderon was a last-minute scratch, and he'll now miss at least two weeks. Without Calderon, the Knicks will rely on Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni at point guard. Neither player is a real attractive option in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:11 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Quincy Pondexter struggles in reserve role
    Quincy Pondexter's struggles on opening night stemmed from Nick Calathes' absence, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: After a rough showing from the Grizzlies' bench in Wednesday win over the Timberwolves, Joerger said he thinks Nick Calathes' 20-game suspension played a part. "Those guys will find their rhythm and identities," the head coach said. "It’s difficult for Jon [Leuer] and Q [Quincy Pondexter]. They’re used to playing with Nick Calathes and Nick plays a certain way." Pondexter only scored four points in 11 minutes on Wednesday and doesn't have much fantasy value going forward as Tony Allen's backup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Andrew Wiggins learning from first NBA game
    Adrew Wiggins had a lackluster NBA debut, but is committed to learning from his first regular season game.

    Advice: In his first 19 minutes of regular season actions, Wiggins only scored six points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one three-pointer during the Wolves' opening night loss to the Grizzlies. "It was good," Wiggins said. "It was exciting. I got into early foul trouble, so it’s hard to get in the groove." The rookie will have some growing pains ahead of him as he figures out how to stay on the court, so his fantasy owners will need to patient during the early stretch of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Norris Cole excels in new role during Weds W
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first game as the Heat's starting point guard during Wednesday's win against Washington.

    Advice: Cole had a big opening night as played 27 minutes in his new role and impressed head coach Erik Spoelstra. "I wasn’t even expecting that. I just wanted him to quarterback our team and make decisions and get us organized," Spoelstra said. "He came out super aggressive at the beginning, almost frantic, and then settled in from there." The 26-year-old emergence has relegated Mario Chalmers to second unit duties and makes Cole a must-add in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Cavs optimistic on Tristan Thompson extension
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are still optimistic about signing Tristan Thompson to a contract extension.

    Advice: With clock is ticking towards the October 31 deadline that would keep Thompson from become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are still expressing optimism. "We’d like to sign Tristan long-term to the Cavaliers. I don’t think that’s any secret," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "I believe they’d like to do that as well. So we’ll hopefully see what happens this week." Thompson will be primarily backing up Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao this season, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:36 am
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 off bench
    Chris Kaman had 12 points, six rebounds and a block in 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was effective, but as long as Robin Lopez is healthy, Kaman is going to struggle for big production. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:30 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope takes 19 shots
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope attempted 19 shots from the field against the Nuggets on Wednesday, making three of them for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he stunk tonight, but the minutes and usage are really great signs. Caldwell-Pope is going to get plenty of leash this year while Jodie Meeks (back) is on the shelf and coach Stan Van Gundy will want him to take treys. If you were able to pick him up, you should still feel pretty good about it. Shooting guards are the most inconsistent players in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • D.J. Augustin outplays Jennings
    D.J. Augustin led the point guard committee against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings was at just 20 minutes and the Pistons seem like they're going to get their money's worth after signing DJA in the offseason. Augustin had a career year from beyond the arc last season with the Bulls, so he'll get certainly get a chance for playing time if he can duplicate that production. If you need a point guard with 3-point upside, he could be your man. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 38 in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 11-of-26 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 38 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals and just two turnovers in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and it will likely continue as long as Kevin Durant is out. His two turnovers were possibly more impressive than all the points, but he's not going to turn it over a lot if he's shooting instead of passing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins struggles in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit just 4-of-14 shots, but also made 12-of-18 free throws on his way to 20 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, zero blocks, six turnovers and five fouls.

    Advice: Cousins never got into the flow of the game tonight and let owners down with a lackluster performance. But if this is a bad game for Cousins, we can't wait to see the good ones, which are coming momentarily. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Nate Robinson gets just six minutes
    Nate Robinson played just six minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with three points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He had his explosiveness in his brief time in the lineup, but the Nuggets will obviously be limiting his minutes. Robinson won't have fantasy value for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays through flu
    Andrew Bogut played through an illness on Wednesday and had four points, five rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Don't be surprised if the Dubs limit his minutes in an effort to keep him healthy this season, although tonight's low count is likely directly related to the fact he wasn't feeling well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Kenneth Faried doesn't skip a beat w/ 22 & 17
    Kenneth Faried kept his momentum from the summer going in the regular season with 22 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The assists were a nice touch based on how he hasn't averaged more than 1.6 assists per game in any month of his career. Faried's shots are also going up and it's pretty clear he's the focal point of the frontcourt attack. His bandwagon is going to fill up pretty quickly at this rate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 22 points on 10-of-12 FGs
    Taj Gibson made 10-of-12 field goals in Wednesday's season opener vs. New York, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Knicks' frontcourt is dismal, which makes Gibson's line less impressive, but it's still encouraging to see him thrive in a bench role behind Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. He's a solid source of rebounds and blocks, but in general fantasy owners should view him as a late-round option at best. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Derrick Rose makes quiet season debut vs. NYK
    Derrick Rose had a quiet season debut on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in an easy win vs. New York.

    Advice: Rose averaged 28.5 points in Chicago's final two preseason games and his minutes should spike for Thursday's matchup with the Cavaliers. He was calm and collected after the game, saying, "It's still going to take some time ... I might have some bad games here and there. But that's not going to stop me from trying to be aggressive." Fantasy owners can't ask for more than a healthy Rose adopting an aggressive mindset, and his season debut should be considered an unqualified success. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter quiet off bench
    Quincy Pondexter came off the bench and played just 11 minutes for four points and a 3-pointer on 1-of-2 shooting.

    Advice: He was starting at SF in the preseason and playing well, but Tony Allen took back the job tonight and rained on his parade. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins plays just 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins started for the Wolves on Wednesday, but played just 19 minutes to finish with six points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals, a 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: It remains to be seen who starts between Wiggins and Corey Brewer once Kevin Martin is back from a left ankle injury, but the low minutes are a bit annoying. Flip Saunders managed his other young players the same way tonight, so it could be a long road for owners of younger players in Minnesota. Then again, it's opening night, so we're not going to panic, either. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic quiet in start
    Nikola Pekovic hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The minutes were there, but he never got it going against Marc Gasol, who had a big night. Gorgui Dieng is going to press Pekovic this season, but it's clear that the job still belongs to Pek. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 23 in opener
    Norris Cole started at point guard and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, three rebounds and two assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: More assists would have been nice, but there's not much to complain about here. He was available in the later rounds in drafts and looks to have solidified his job as the team's starting point guard. Makes sure he's not available in your league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets busy early vs. Nets
    The Celtics announced they picked up Jared Sullinger's team option on Wednesday, following his line of 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: His line would have been a lot bigger, but garbage time was a factor. Sullinger was one of the stars of the preseason and he's really fine-tuned his offensive game based on what we've seen in the past month. He's a must-start player right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (illness) will try to play
    Andrew Bogut (illness) will try to play against the Kings on Wednesday and is in the starting lineup.

    Advice: He reportedly looks awful and is nowhere near 100 percent. Bogut probably won't be much use out there, but the team just needs him because they're shorthanded. We wouldn't suggest starting him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Andrew Bogut traveling, remains uncertain
    Andrew Bogut (illness) is traveling to Sleep Train Arena for Wednesday's game, but his status remains unclear.

    Advice: We'll be tracking this right until tip and he could sit due to food poisoning. The Warriors would be extremely thin with David Lee (hamstring) already out and they would likely start Ognjen Kuzmic should Bogut sit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (illness) is questionable
    Andrew Bogut (illness) is questionable to face the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is dealing with food poisoning and this is not related to his illness from earlier this month. If Bogut can't go, the Warriors will use a number of guys at center while Draymond Green will get all the minutes he can handle at the four. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Corey Brewer both starting
    The Timberwolves will start both Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer on Wednesday.

    Advice: They'll be joined by Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic. We still don't know who won the starting small forward job because Kevin Martin is out tonight with an ankle injury, which allowed both Wiggins and Brewer to get the call. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Update: Jose Calderon now out on Wed.
    Jose Calderon (calf) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wow. The team just said he was good to go, so something must have just happened in warmups. Calderon will likely be ready for the second half of a back-to-back set and we'll be on the lookout for updates. Shane Larkin will start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Jose Calderon is officially active for Knicks
    Jose Calderon (calf) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been expected to play since earlier this week, but he might not be at 100 percent. Calderon isn't going to be the focal point of the offense and he'll be more of a shooting guard with many catch-and-shoot treys in the triangle offense. He'll have very solid fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Kevin Love (ribs) practices without limits
    Kevin Love (ribs) practiced without limitations on Wednesday and looks set to play on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was never in danger of missing any time, and the Cavaliers were just being cautious when they pulled him out of practice Tuesday after he took a shot to the ribs. Kevin Love may see a slight dip in production this season on a revamped Cavs team, but he will still be an elite fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Cavaliers want to extend Tristan Thompson
    Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said on Wednesday that he wants to extend Tristan Thompson long term.

    Advice: The Cavs and Thompson are reportedly not close to a contract extension so this should be an interesting development that we will watch closely. He is going to come off the bench this season behind Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love, so Thompson won't have much fantasy value except in deeper leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • D-Rose, Joakim Noah to average 30-34 minutes
    Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are expected to average "30 to 34 minutes" per game for the foreseeable future.

    Advice: Rose's injury history goes without saying, and Noah's offseason knee surgery has the Bulls monitoring his activity early in the season. Minutes in the low-30s should be plenty for both players to produce, and fantasy owners should embrace any plan that keeps them healthy. Chicago opens their season vs. the Knicks on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • Norris Cole remains humble with starting job
    Norris Cole looks to be the Heat's starting point guard on opening night, but he's not letting that distinction go to his head.

    Advice: "All it is, is hard work. It’s nothing special for me. It’s hard work," said Cole regarding being a full-time starter for the first time in his career. While the lineups haven't officially been announced, Cole was the Heat's starting point guard throughout the preseason, and it looks like he's earned the job. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in Miami, but Mario Chalmers' value could take a hit with a potential timeshare on the horizon. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with regards to Cole. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) looking good for opener
    Jose Calderon (calf) is looking like a go for the Knicks' regular-season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "Jose looked really good today," Derek Fisher said after practice Tuesday. "[Monday] he did just about everything we did, even though we held him out of parts of yesterday’s practice towards the end. Today he was in for everything we did. Assuming that he responds well to everything that we did today, we expect him to be available." Calderon's minutes may be limited, but all signs are pointing towards him suiting up Wednesday night. Stay tuned for an official update. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:53 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Kevin Love takes shot to ribs during practice
    Kevin Love took a shot to the ribs during Tuesday's practice, and sat out the rest of the session as a precaution.

    Advice: Head coach David Blatt says that Love is fine, and we wouldn't read too much into this. The Cavs don’t open up their season until Thursday, giving Love plenty of time to recover from what seems to be an extremely minor issue. While Love isn't likely going to be able to return to last season's averages of 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.5 three-pointers, he’s not going to fall too far below those numbers. He's one of the best power forwards in the league, and he's going to get a lot of wide-open 3s playing next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Flip won't say if Andrew Wiggins will start
    Flip Saunders won't say who will start at small forward on opening night.

    Advice: The decision is between Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer, and Saunders has been quiet on the issue all offseason. Wiggins could be brought along slowly, but with the limited options the Wolves have on offense, it seems like it would only be a matter of time until the No. 1 overall pick finds himself in a starting role. Stay tuned, but don't panic if he's not starting on opening night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • Rose's minute expected to be around 32
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose's minutes to be near what they were at the end of the preseason.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes per game in the preseason finale, which is fairly close to his 31.1 minutes per game in his 10 games from 2013-14. Rose ended his preseason on a high note, making 30-of-53 from the field (56.6 percent) in his final three games. He epitomizes a risk/reward fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Fisher expects Jose Calderon to play Weds
    Derek Fisher said he expect Jose Calderon (calf) to be available for Wednesday's opener against the Bulls.

    Advice: Calderon owners aren't out of the woods just yet, but this sounds promising for Wednesday's opener. We'll be updating Calderon's status after Wednesday's shootaround, but either Shane Larkin or Pablo Prigioni would get the start against Chicago if Calderon can't go. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start Wednesday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) will start at shooting guard for the Piston's season opener against Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This isn't unexpected with Jodie Meeks (back) out indefinitely, but it's nice to see confirmation of what we've all been expecting. KCP's knee issues seem to be behind him and he should be owned in all standard leagues with the opportunity he has in front of him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
  • Jared Sullinger has changed his mindset now
    Jared Sullinger has changed his mindset after a disappointing 2013-14 season.

    Advice: Sullinger, a Rotoworld favorite this season, is ready for a breakout season. Sullinger absolutely beasted through the preseason, and he credits that to a change he made before the games got started. "It was stuff I was doing on the court. Antics I don’t normally do, I was doing last year," Sullinger said. "To get away from that I had to change my mindset and play better. Yeah I was surprised, because there were times when I was just out of line. Not out of line in the sense of acting crazy, but out of line because I was not myself. The more and more I watched film, the more I realized I can do better." Sullinger credits his older brothers for the attitude turnaround, and fantasy owners should be thanking them before too long as well. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:19 am
  • Blatt looking to cut down on LeBron's minutes
    David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

    Advice: "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start for Pistons
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in line to start at shooting guard for the Pistons.

    Advice: With Jodie Meeks (back) out indefinitely, KCP (knee) is healthy just in time to stake his claim on a starting spot. KCP has an opportunity to make an impression, but he's anything except a proven commodity. He's a solid late-round flier at the back end of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:56 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) question mark for opener
    Jose Calderon (calf) is not committing to being able to play in Wednesday's opener vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: "Wednesday's getting closer but I'm feeling better every day," he said. "There's been no setbacks. I hope everything goes well." Monday and Tuesday will be the test days for Calderon, and the Knicks should provide at least a couple of updates before the opening tip. If he can't go, either Pablo Prigioni or Shane Larkin would draw the start. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Report: Varejao, Cavs talking new contract
    The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "engaged" contract extension talks, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Despite Varejao's name popping up in trade rumors often in previous seasons, this is an unsurprising development. Varejao, 32, is a favorite of LeBron James, and has always expressed a desire to remain with the Cavs for the long haul. How this plays out could impact the future of Tristan Thompson in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:03 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) ready for Wolves opener
    Andrew Wiggins (back) practiced on Sunday and coach Flip Saunders declared him fully healthy.

    Advice: The Wolves' prized rookie wouldn't have practiced if there was any risk of a setback, and he'll be ready to go for Wednesday's opener vs. the Grizzlies. Fantasy owners should target him toward the latter half of the middle rounds, in the 70-90 range, with the understanding that most rookies are a crapshoot. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) goes through practice
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) practiced on Sunday.

    Advice: This is an encouraging sign for KCP being ready for opening night on Wednesday, and hopefully he'll be able to carry over his impressive play through Summer League into the regular season. He's not going to have much competition for minutes for the first couple months with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined, and given his upside, he belongs on a roster in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:13 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) hopeful for opener
    Derek Fisher said that Jose Calderon (right calf) is still limited, but he's hopeful Jose will be able to play opening night.

    Advice: Calderon's injury seems very minor, and we'd expect him to be ready for the Knicks' regular-season opener vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. Calderon averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 assists, 2.4 three-pointers, and 1.3 turnovers last season, and he should have no problem returning to those averages during his introductory season with the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:06 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Derrick Rose feels he's better than top-30
    Derrick Rose stated during a recent interview that he feels he's still an elite talent in the league.

    Advice: "I know I’m not a top 30 player, I know I’m much higher," said Rose. "This is my seventh year... I feel like I can really control the entire game while I’m out there, and that’s what I’m working towards." Rose really started firing on all cylinders towards the end of the preseason, scoring 57 points during the final two games. He’s about as risky as they come, but if Rose can indeed make it through a full-NBA season, he's going to be a fun player to own. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Derrick Rose is ready to go for season
    Derrick Rose said that he is in a "great place mentally, spiritually and emotionally."

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and most players will say stuff like this anyway, but Rose sounds ready for the season. He actually finished strong this preseason, but there is still a tremendous amount of doubt whether he'll be able to stay healthy this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:33 pm
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Norris Cole starts, plays well on Friday
    Norris Cole started against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He needed a strong couple games and came through. Shabazz Napier was pushing Cole for minutes, but he should be in the rotation. He might actually start, but Mario Chalmers is still the better option in most leagues as a sixth man. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Cavs not close to extension with Tristan
    The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:56 am
  • Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo
    Chris Kaman just missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale
    DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter rested for Friday's finale
    Quincy Pondexter got the night off on Friday, as the Grizzlies concluded their preseason with a 98-104 loss to the visiting Heat.

    Advice: Q-Pon scored 15 points as a starter on Wednesday, sinking two 3-pointers and filling up the stat sheet with five boards, three assists, two steals and one block. His 3-point shooting is a blessing for the Grizzlies' perimeter-starved offense, improving Pondexter's odds of beating Tony Allen for the starting SF job. He's definitely worth considering as a flier pick. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose's preseason ends w/ 27-pt game
    The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) out for Friday night
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It would have been nice to see Wiggins get another game in before the season, but he should be ready to go. It's not clear if he's going to start, but the Wolves really need him to create. He should be an option in the middle rounds due to his upside, but fantasy owners won't want to reach too much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:52 pm
  • Pistons add option on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    The Pistons exercised their third-year option on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee).

    Advice: The team has been quiet on his strained knee, but we're expecting him to suit up for the opener. He had a fantastic summer league and the new system of coach Stan Van Gundy needs some shooting, so he has alluring upside late in standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:03 pm
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:35 am
  • Anderson Varejao will be the starting center
    Cavs' head coach David Blatt stated that Anderson Varejao will be the teams starting center on opening night.

    Advice: This has been speculated for some time now, but Blatt officially confirmed it on Friday. This means that Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and Varejao makes for a solid late-round selection for his ability to gobble up the boards. Health will be an issue for Varejao, and if he goes down at any point this season, owners will want to immediately pick up Thompson. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) questionable for Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back contusion) is being listed as questionable for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Wiggins' injury is not considered serious, and he should be ready for opening night. There's a lot of hype surrounding his name, so if you want him, it's likely going to cost you a mid-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:57 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Jose Calderon (right calf) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but Calderon has struggled with health throughout his career, so that needs to be taken into account. However, we're still expecting Jose to be a go for opening night, and if he can stay healthy, he'll be a solid source of assists and 3-pointers, while keeping his turnovers to a minimum (career-average of 1.7 turnover per game). Shane Larkin will draw the start in Calderon's place. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:52 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) feeling more comfortable
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) is feeling more comfortable entering his second year in the league.

    Advice: "I’m very comfortable," Caldwell-Pope said. "My first year was just kind of up and down, which is what rookies go through, but I just feel more comfortable with my game now... I’m feeling more comfortable playing and shooting." KCP turned a lot of heads this summer, and averaged an impressive 19 points and 2.5 three-pointers through the first two-preseason games before going down with a knee strain, which caused him to miss the rest of preseason. However, KCP is expected to be ready for opening night, and with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined for the first two months of the season, Caldwell-Pope will get plenty of time to shine. He makes for a solid late-round flier in standard leagues, and is a breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:12 am
  • D.J. Augustin double-doubles
    D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Norris Cole nearing deadline for extension
    Norris Cole and the Heat are closing in on the October 31st deadline for a contract extension.

    Advice: "I only can control what I can control," said Cole. "That's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." Cole has taken over starting point guard duties in Miami, and is hoping to ink a new multi-year deal. He could be a steal in later rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Anderson Varejao to win starting center job
    Anderson Varejao is expected to win the starting center job for the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There was speculation that the team could use Tristan Thompson at center and bring Varejao off the bench, but his solid play this preseason may have all but sealed the starting spot. He continues to receive glowing endorsements from teammate Lebron James, "He’ll fight for every loose ball," James said."If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy." Health once again will be key if Varejao is to stay fantasy relevant this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:28 pm
  • Kevin Love says he needs more inside touches
    Kevin Love (neck) said he needs to remind himself to get more inside touches in order to get his game going.

    Advice: As he adjusts to a new system, Love thinks he needs to play more inside-out rather than drifting beyond the arc. "Yeah, the offense is built that way, but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love said. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the 3-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix." While Love's fantasy owners should expect a dip from his 2013-14 numbers as he learns to co-exist with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, he's still worth a pick at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:40 am
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic puts up big double-double
    Nikola Pekovic put up 15 points, 13 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in just 19 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks can make a lot of guys look good and that was the case for Pek tonight. His minutes have been in the 15-20 range in all five preseason games and he's expected to be right at 27 this year. Considering his injury history, Pekovic is more of just a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:25 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter starts for MEM, scores 15
    Quincy Pondexter started at small forward and played 30 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: He's battling with Tony Allen for the starting job and may have won it with this performance. Allen had five points and Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench. If Pondexter is starting on opening night, he's going to be a popular deep-league pick up off the waiver wire. And if you're drafting this weekend, he is worth a look at the end of it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays well sans LeBron
    Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James got the night off so Irving was allowed to have the ball in his hands more than he usually will. He's still a top point guard option, but it's hard to see him putting up massive numbers when Kevin Love and LeBron are going to have the ball on most trips down the court. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Anderson Varejao falls back to earth Weds.
    Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Tyler Zeller plays well in 23 minutes
    Tyler Zeller nearly double-doubled with 11 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been the "surprise" of Celtics camp and is averaging 9.4 points, nearly six rebounds and nearly a block over his last five preseason games. Kelly Olynyk is the center you want to own in Boston, but Zeller is someone owners in deep, two-center leagues should think about in the late round of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Jared Sullinger bonkers again w/ 15 & 17
    Jared Sullinger was at it again on Wednesday, knocking down 7-of-10 shots and another 3-pointer for 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Nets.

    Advice: In his last five games, which include a four-point dud last Wednesday, he's averaging 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting. He's the starting PF in Boston and while his preseason has been dreamy, owners should set realistic expectations. He'll have games like these, probably often, but it's hard to see him playing this well throughout the season. With all the late hype, he was taken with the 89th pick in one of Dr. A's drafts on Tuesday night. That seems a little high, but if you really want him, beware that readers of Rotoworld are likely going to be ready to pounce around the 80th pick or so. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play on Wed.
    Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a lower back contusion and he should be ready to start the season. Wiggins' exact role is unclear, but considering how few playmakers the Wolves have on offense, you'd think he gets his chances to score. If you want him, you can probably look to grab him around pick 70, but there are some more proven studs at that ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) won't play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Andrew Wiggins unlikely to play Wednesday
    Andrew Wiggins is unlikely to play on Wednesday due to swelling after a hard fall in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Wiggins' backside swelled up overnight but it doesn't sound serious and he should be considered day-to-day. Whether or not he's in the starting lineup on opening night, Wiggins should work his way into a fantasy-worthy role before long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Nuggets offense listless without Ty Lawson
    The Nuggets' offense was listless without Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, with Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov leading all starters with six points each.

    Advice: Denver shot 32.6 percent from the field and Lawson's absence was painfully evident, especially with fill-in PG Nate Robinson (knee) on a minute-limit. Denver will look to recover from this drubbing in their preseason finale vs. the Warriors on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:28 pm
  • Norris Cole starts again at point guard
    Norris Cole started again at point guard on Tuesday, while Mario Chalmers came off the bench at shooting guard.

    Advice: It looks like Cole has won the PG job in Miami, and while he had just seven points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 3-of-4 shooting tonight, he played just 14 minutes. He's a nice, cheap option at point guard in the later rounds of your draft. Especially if Chalmers is playing shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier is struggling (0-for-7 tonight). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-16 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hasn't really blown up offensively yet, but the games haven't counted yet, either. He's going to be a monster as long as his knees hold up, and could lead the league in scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined indefinitely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Andrew Bogut misses Tuesday with illness
    Andrew Bogut is not with the Warriors on Tuesday due to an illness.

    Advice: He's day-to-day and Ognjen Kuzmic will start in his place at center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Nate Robinson starts again for Ty Lawson
    Nate Robinson will start at PG for the Nuggets on Tuesday, in place of injured Ty Lawson (hamstring).

    Advice: Robinson appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery, while JaVale McGee is a game-time decision as he makes his way back from a leg injury. Along with Robinson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday
    Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday after taking a hard fall on his backside in his last game.

    Advice: "He's sore...at this point he's probably 50-50," Flip Saunders said. Corey Brewer will start in his place, while Wiggins should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Norris Cole playing through back tightness
    Norris Cole is expected to start on Tuesday despite dealing with tightness in his back.

    Advice: Cole may start at PG for Miami on opening night, but he faces competition for minutes from both Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role and playing time, fantasy owners are better off leaving him undrafted in typical leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Jose Calderon hopes to play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
     
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  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

    Advice: 18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 9:19 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter puts up a scoring gem
    Quincy Pondexter had his third positive showing in a row on Monday with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In his last three, he's averaged 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples. Pondexter looks to be very healthy and the Grizzlies might be inclined to start him considering how horrible Tayshaun Prince was last year. Vince Carter is still going to get his chances, so Q-Pon is only a deep-league target. It's worth mentioning he's shot just 42.7 percent from the field in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:40 pm
  • James plays well; will sit out on Wed vs. MEM
    LeBron James scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the Cavs' 107-98 preseason win over the Bulls.

    Advice: James said after the game that he will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies (rest). He's worthy of a No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant is hurt but owners have also been selecting Anthony Davis and/or Stephen Curry ahead of him, too. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:06 pm
  • Irving goes for 28 and seven in win over CHI
    Kyrie Irving scored 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting (1-of-3 from deep, 7-of-8 from the line) with three rebounds, seven assists and two steals over 39 minutes in Monday's exhibition win over the Bulls.

    Advice: Irving looked great while LeBron (18 points, seven boards, six assists, one steal, one block) was a bit passive and Kevin Love (nine points, 2-of-10 FGs, 13 boards) had plenty of rust. He was also getting torched by Derrick Rose on the other end, which probably contributed to his motivation to get it back on the other end. In any event, his ankle issue is a non-issue and he's ready to be drafted in the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 7:38 pm
  • Love quiet in return from neck injury
    Kevin Love (neck) returned to action in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring nine points on 2-of-10 shooting (0-for-5 3PTs) with 13 rebounds, three assists and no steals or blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Timing and cohesion will be early issues and owners shouldn't read into these results too much. Love is still a worth drafting later in the first round, despite the potential impact of his new big-time teammates or any potential injury risk. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 7:33 pm
  • Varejao starts, goes for 22 and eight vs. CHI
    Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 7:30 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 7:28 pm
  • Rose explodes for 30 points in 24 minutes
    Derrick Rose looked explosive as he scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: So much for Rose flying under the radar now. He did not have a steal or block and his non-scoring numbers weren't great, but the important part is that he had the same type of explosion we've seen in the past (including last preseason). With ADP around the turn between the second and third rounds, he's still a big time risk and it's uncertain what his ceiling will be playing on a team with strong complementary players. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 7:04 pm
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:41 am
  • Anderson Varejao starting at C on Monday
    Anderson Varejao will start at center against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:38 am
  • Norris Cole could lose some minutes
    Norris Cole could be in jeopardy of losing regular minutes with they way rookie Shabazz Napier has played this month.

    Advice: This may seem obvious, but a lot has to do with how the Heat use Mario Chalmers. He's been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard because the Heat have some depth issues there. Meanwhile, Napier has been one of the best rookies in the preseason. If Chalmers does start at point guard, the minutes for Cole are going to be very tough to come by. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 6:49 am
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